Anxious or reactive pet?
Many dogs become anxious or reactive around other animals.
This may be due to genetic factors or early life experiences. A nervous Mum and / or unsettling events during the neonatal period for example, often lead to a puppy becoming fearful about things later on in life.
A frightening experience, such as being attacked by another dog or feeling unable to cope with all the noise, activity, unpredictability and the proximity of other dogs in training classes, at shows and elsewhere, can also be a reason.
Whatever the cause, it is important to deal with the problem as quickly as possible, to avoid fearful patterns of behaviour becoming entrenched.
The best way forward with this in mind, is as follows:
1. Three hours before any encounter with other dogs, give several drops of Fears and Anxieties at hourly intervals, by gently dabbing them on the lips and a paw using a clean finger. This naturally calms the body's fight / flight mechanisms and reduces reactivity to triggers which cause stress - in this case dogs that are too close.
2. Watch the video below to learn how to rebuild confidence and re-establish the sense of safety and security that existed before. Reconditioning exercises like these, are essential for the releasing of fears and developing healthy patterns of being.
3. Continue with Fears and Anxieties during training if necessary and also be sure to give 2 -3 doses at hourly intervals afterwards. Helping a pet stay as calm as possible with the remedy at this time, helps them to receive and respond to the reassurance being provided because once they are in fight/ flight mode, this becomes difficult, if not impossible (which if you've ever tried to speak to someone in a panic is easy to understand).
4. Increasing mental and physical activity helps to dispel excess nervous energy which can fuel anxiety and unwanted behaviours. This can be done by lengthening play times and introducing scent work (which can easily be done at home or in the garden).
5. Patience, kind repetition of reassurance and the reward of desired behaviours alongside the use of Fears and Anxieties are the keys to success, which depending on the intensity of fear involved, may take many months to achieve.
A highly nutritious, supplement enriched diet in many cases results in a healthier, calmer pet, compared to one fed on highly processed commercial pet food (wet or dry). We can advise on this if you wish to make the switch.